Amherst, Va. -- The Lynchburg College equestrian program played host to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference's equestrian championships Friday at the Harriet Howell Rogers Riding Center, and again senior Christina Antonucci (Lake Hopatcong, N.J.) swiped the spotlight for the Hornets.
Antonucci, a criminology major, earned the ODAC/Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete Award in addition to finishing as the event's reserve champion and an All-ODAC nod with an average score of 82.5 in her two rides over fences and one go on the flat.
Lynchburg's team tied for fourth overall with nine points, falling to fifth after tiebreakers. Randolph College won the ODAC championship, its first such victory since 2005, and WildCats coach Chris Mitchell was named coach of the year. Sweet Briar's Lily Peterson swept the event's rider and rookie of the year honors.
Senior Alison Turek (Addison, Texas) finished 16th for LC with an average of 71, followed by senior CarolAnne Bekus (Hillsborough, N.J.) in 19th (68), and sophomore Dani Herzberg (Beachwood, Ohio) in 23rd (63).
Antonucci boasted the highest score in the event's go around the flat, garnering 86 of a possible 100 points. She will continue Lynchburg's equestrian season with a trip to the IHSA Zone 4 competition on Saturday, April 7.
2018 ODAC Equestrian Championship Results
ODAC Rider of the Year: Lily Peterson, Sweet Briar
ODAC Coach of the Year: Chris Mitchell, Randolph
ODAC Rookie of the Year: Lily Peterson, Sweet Briar
ODAC/Va. Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Christina Antonucci, Lynchburg
|ODAC Points Standings|
|1. Randolph||15 pts.|
|2. Sweet Briar +||13 pts.|
|3. Hollins||13 pts.|
|4. Washington and Lee *||9 pts.|
|5. Lynchburg||9 pts.|
|6. Bridgewater||7 pts.|
+ Sweet Briar was awarded second place based on tiebreakers (cumulative point total over fences)
* Washington and Lee was awarded second place based on tiebreakers (cumulative point total over fences)
|All-ODAC Riding Team|
|1. Lily Peterson, SBC||83.250|
|2. Christina Antonucci, LC||82.500|
|3. Charlotte Radcliffe, W&L||82.375|
|4. Molly McLaughlin, RAND||82.250|
|5. Jane Chiavelli, W&L||82.1875|
|6. Kirby Tidmore, RAND||81.500|
|7. Samantha Van Winter, BC||79.375|
|8. Makayla Benjamin, SBC||78.250|
|9. Madi Szurley, HU||77.750|
|10. Caroline Houston, RAND||77.250|
|10. Carley Stirewalt, RAND||77.250|